Turning Point for the German Military
Clemens von Goetze, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan
Ingo Gerhartz, Chief of the German Air Force
17:30-18:30 Thursday, September 29, 2022
(The speech and Q & A will be in English.)
Analysists say that Russia's invasion of the Ukraine constitutes a "Zeitenwende", a turning point, for Germany in Europe, where it has kept a low profile since the end of World War 2. Rising tensions in Asia have also prompted the German government to be a more proactive partner in enforcing the rules-based international order. Last year's visit of the German frigate "Bayern" to Japan and the region was one sign that the ground is shifting. Another is the German Airforce's dispatch of 13 aircraft – the nation's largest peacetime deployment – to join Australia’s biannual multinational exercises.
Germany's small fleet of several Euro-Fighters, an air-tanker, and other aircraft joined in two international exercises in Australia, testing their interoperability with allies inside and outside NATO throughout the Indo-Pacific region – the so-called "RapidPacific2022" mission. Subsequently, parts of the fleet visited Germany's key partner Japan, whose growing importance Germany's new chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized this year, when he chose to visit it – not China – on his first official trip to Asia.
On the occasion of this visit, Lt. General Ingo Gerhartz of the German Airforce and Dr. Clemens von Goetze, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, will explain the changing context of German’s policy guidelines for the Indo-Pacific, and the operational readiness of the German Airforce.
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